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Late Sturridge goal punishes Denmark

Much of the credit for Britain’s progress goes to Leon Smith

Davis Cup: Leon Smith inspires Britain to dream of glamour draw

Step aside Sebo Kiss, Laurent Bram, Ergun Zorlu and Sami Ghorbel. Step forward Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin Del Potro. After three years fighting their way past some of the Davis Cup’s more obscure opposition, Britain are back in the World Group next year for the first time since 2008.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal backed to win more Grand Slam titles than Roger Federer

Readers of The Independent expect Spaniard to surpass 'the greatest player of all time'

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 11 September 2013

Giles defends team following criticism

Andy Murray is going to be more hands-on with his own business affairs

Andy Murray seeks to earn it like Beckham with Simon Fuller deal

Andy Murray has taken another leaf out of David Beckham's book by forming his own management company in partnership with Simon Fuller. The new company, which is called "77" in recognition of Murray's achievement in ending Britain's 77-year wait for a men's singles champion at Wimbledon on 7 July this year, will manage the affairs of both the world No 3 and his brother, Jamie.

Rafael Nadal of Spain (R) holds the trophy as he celebrates his win over Novak Djokovic of Serbia

US Open 2013: Novak Djokovic fears Rafael Nadal will replace him as world number one

The Serbian was beaten at Flushing Meadows in four sets

US Open 2013: Rafael Nadal says victory over Novak Djokovic completes 'most emotional season'

The Spaniard won in four sets against the world number one

It is 14 years since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title but the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down. Williams claimed the 17th Grand Slam title of her career and her fifth US Open trophy when she beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 here to underline her status as one of the greatest players in the history of the game

US Open: Serena Williams claims 17th Grand Slam with victory over Victoria Azarenka

It is 14 years since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title but the 31-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down.

The Sport Matrix: Friday 6 September 2013

Lampard desperate to sign off with Brazilian swansong

Novak Djokovic knows it will be tough to retain his world No 1 ranking

Novak Djokovic must halt ‘ultimate fighter’ Rafael Nadal’s epic comeback

Spaniard goes into today’s US Open final having lost only three matches this year

Rafael Nadal celebrates reaching the US Open final where he will face world No 1 Novak Djokovic

US Open: Rafael Nadal sweeps aside Richard Gasquet to set up final date with Novak Djokovic

The Spaniard has a 21-0 record on hard courts this year

US Open: Novak Djokovic subdues fiery Swiss, Stanislas Wawrinka, after titanic, see-saw battle

Serena dismisses comparisons with greatest players of all time as she bids for 17th Grand Slam title

Novak Djokovic (left) and Rafael Nadal show their roar power at Flushing Meadows

US Open 2013: Andy Murray’s exit leaves field clear for battle between big beasts Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal

Djokovic and Nadal to fight for title and the world No 1 ranking after Scot’s surprise defeat

US Open: Andy Murray crashes out as Swiss No 2 Stanislas Wawrinka comes of age

There was a time when Andy Murray had to get used to his Grand Slam dreams being dashed by Swiss opposition, but tonight it was Stanislas Wawrinka rather than Roger Federer who ended the Scot’s defence of his US Open title. The Swiss No 2, who has long lived in the shadow of his compatriot, finished Murray’s run here with a crushing 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory in a depressingly one-sided quarter-final.

Rafael Nadal

US Open 2013: Awesome Rafael Nadal sets up semi-final against Richard Gasquet

The second seed beat Tommy Robredo 6-0 6-2 6-2

Novak Djokovic

US Open 2013: Rivals warned as Novak Djokovic produces 'some of the best tennis that I've played in my career' to reach quarter-finals

World number one dropped just four games against Marcel Granollers

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